UnityPoint Health - St. Luke's receives AABB accreditation
The on-site blood bank at UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s has been granted accreditation by AABB.
To achieve this accreditation, St. Luke’s on-site blood bank underwent an intensive on-site assessment by the AABB assessors in which it met or exceeded accreditation standards set by the AABB regarding medical, technical and administrative performance. AABB–accredited organizations are recognized by their peers as leaders in their field.
“The AABB’s accreditation procedures are voluntary,” says Doctor Mike Kafka, Medical Director of St. Luke’s Laboratory. “St. Luke’s sought AABB accreditation because of the program’s reputation in achieving excellence by promoting a level of professional and medical expertise that contributes to quality performance.”
St. Luke’s blood bank provides donated blood and blood products to surgical patients, infusion patients, cancer patients and neonatal newborns. The blood bank also acts as a reference laboratory for approximately 30 area hospitals for complicated or difficult blood transfusion requests.
Member hospitals and other facilities of the national blood bank organization collect virtually all of the nation’s blood supply and transfuse more than 80 percent of the blood used for patient care in the United States. AABB sets standards, assesses and accredits blood collection and transfusion facilities and provides continuing education and information.